Did you know that there’s a burning question on everyone’s mind this time of year? It’s a question that has often caused heated discussions and disagreements. It has caused rifts between family and friends.  Really.

 

And it all centers around this handsome fellow.  

 

How to cook a moist turkey

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How in the world do you cook a turkey that’s moist and juicy and flavorful too? Everyone has an opinion.  

 

I’ve been turning out moist, juicy and flavorful turkeys with minimal fuss and effort for many years.  Here’s my secret…

Use oven roasting bags for a perfectly moist and juicy turkey every time.

Yep.  In my book, these are the best invention ever when it comes to turkey roasting. And nobody is paying me to say that.

 

Since I’m the host for quite a few family and friends every year and since we don’t all fit at one table, I serve my Thanksgiving meal buffet style.  My turkey is served already carved and arranged on a platter.  Because I’m not serving the turkey at the table and carving it in front of everyone, it doesn’t matter to me if the skin doesn’t look flawless when it comes out of the oven. There’s a reason that I say that.  Using the oven bags does give my turkey a nice roasted golden brown color, but some of the skin almost always sticks to the bag and pulls off when I remove the turkey.  So, if you’re wanting to serve your turkey whole, with flawless roasted skin and carve it at the table, the oven bags may not be for you.   

 

But, if flawless roasted turkey skin isn’t your main concern, then this is a great way to go.

 

There are two methods that I use.  

 

1.  For an un-stuffed turkey, I thoroughly rinse the turkey, inside and out, with cold water and place it into the oven bag, according to the directions on the box.  I stuff the chest cavity with celery tops, carrots, quarted onion pieces and fresh parsley.  The outside of the turkey is rubbed with a cut-up fresh lemon and butter.  

 

For a flavorful turkey, rub the turkey skin with butter and lemon juice and fill the chest cavity with celery tops, carrots, onions and fresh parsley.

Image via The Weekend Gourmet

 

2.  For a stuffed turkey, I still rinse the turkey inside and out, rub the outside of the bird with fresh lemon and butter and place it into the oven bag, but I fill the chest cavity with my stuffing recipe instead of fresh vegetables.  Just remember not to pack the stuffing into the chest cavity tightly.  You need to leave a little space for expansion during baking or you won’t be happy with mess you’ll wind up with in your oven.

 

Turkey filled with Pepperidge Farm stuffing

 Image via The Kartoffelklosse Project

 

No matter which method I use to prepare my turkey, I follow the baking directions on the box.  Cooking times are provided for both un-stuffed and stuffed turkeys of all different weights.

 

So do you have a favorite way to roast your turkey?  I’m asking that very question over on the Worthing Court Facebook page today and would love to get your answer!

 

Looking for some Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration?

 

A Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Table

With A Free Placecard and Menu Printable 

A woodland inspired Thanksgiving table with a free placecard and menu printable

 

Bounty Of The Harvest Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving tablescape

 

Are you a stuffing or a dressing kind of person?  I like them both, but have struggled forever to find a dressing recipe that I love.  I found some great recipes.  I’ll be giving one of them a try this year.

5 Dressing Recipes

Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

 

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